U.S. Navy "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” U.S. Navy-style

A friend shared this video with me of the U.S. Navy Band’s rendition of the Irving Berlin classic I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… It brought cheer into my day and I hope it brings cheer into your day… Postscript: See below for an Irving Berlin-Reno divorce connection…   In August 1949, composer Irving Berlin and…

U.S. Navy Boatswain Ray Weathers, a survivor of The Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4, 1943

Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4

The story of the Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4 The story began on 16 June 1943 . . . A convoy of seven U.S. ships, designated Task Unit 32.4.4, was en route to Guadalcanal. Suddenly, at 1350 (1:30 p.m.), the convoy was attacked from the air by a Japanese strike force of 120 aircraft.…

“The Dogs I’ve Known In 2 Wars” Book 1: Iraq

You might say Bill and I discovered Dennis R. Blocker II…In 2008, we asked Dennis to write the Foreword to our Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II (BMC Publications, 2009). Pacific Express became our best seller and landed on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List on the subject of…

The Thanksgiving when no one showed up

Thanksgiving Day, 1985. For our first Thanksgiving in our new home in Incline Village, Nevada, Bill and I invited Bill’s ski cabin group, San Francisco friends who had been sharing a ski lease at Lake Tahoe for thirteen winters since 1972. Bill and I woke up on Thanksgiving morning to three feet of fresh snow…

Happy Birthday to Bill McGee on his 94th

Click to view “Reno Memories” – a special, 7-min featurette produced by Cloverland for Twentieth Century Fox to accompany Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno.  Available in the box set, The Charlie Chan Collection, Volume 4.

Cover of Montana Memoir by William L. McGee

Country music – Three chords and the truth

Sunday, Sept 8 – Bill and I watched “Live at the Ryman”, a concert special celebrating the upcoming 8-part documentary by Ken Burns,  Country Music, A Film by Ken Burns.  The concert was two hours of one great song after another performed by a stellar line-up of country Western musicians. After the special, Bill reminisced…